Russian shoegazers Pinkshinyultrablast may carry much of the same DNA as early nineties indie bands like Ride and My Bloody Valentine, but glimmers of Kosmische and electronica help their song structures collapse into guitar-fuelled sonic blitzkriegs.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 1 Jun 2015
  • min read
Who? Pinkshinyultrablast are Igor (bass), Lyubov (vocals), Sergey (drums), Rustam (synths and electronics) and Roman (guitars).

What? Shimmery, extra-terrestrial shoegaze.

From where? Russia.

What’s the story? Pinkshinyultrablast may hail from St Petersburg but they definitely have more in common with the wafty shoegaze emanating from the home counties in the early nineties.

Likened to indie heroes Lush and Ride for their spectral guitars and gentle pop melodies, this spritely five-piece tread round ambient soundscapes and snarling feedback with commendable dexterity.

Not content with simply exhuming the past, they interlace icy electronics and out-of-the-box FX to gently subvert the shoegaze blueprint.

There are glimmers of Kosmische in there too, as song structures collapse into guitar-fuelled sonic blitzkriegs and psychedelic swells, while subtle flavours of early Warp acts snake through their sound.

The quintet crash-landed into 2015 with the debut album Everything Else Matters and a sold-out UK tour, which culminated in a defining set at The Great Escape.

And, with backing from BBC Radio 6 Music and Amazing Radio, we're sure to be hearing a lot more from the Russian sonic explorers in months to come...

Sound like? Grimes jamming with My Bloody Valentine.

Must hear? Umi, the lead track from their debut album.